Places to Metal Detect in Arkansas

Where can I metal Detect in Arkansas? I’m asked that question weekly, and the answer is simple really; it depends on your local laws and ordinances concerning metal detecting in public places.

Assuming that you have already done your homework and know that metal detecting is allowed in your town, here is a list of Five places that you can metal detect in just about every city.

1. Parks and Playgrounds

Parks and playgrounds are great places to find lost jewelry and coins. Baseball diamonds and soccer fields can also be productive areas to find lost items.  Pendants and rings can be lost when players are running around and jumping during a game.  Areas where spectators sit and watch games can also be good places to metal detect.

2. Woods Hunting

Paths through the woods can lead you to house foundations and cellar holes that hold relics and coins from the past. Using aerial maps, you can get a birds-eye view of wooded areas in your town. Hiking trails, deer trails, ancient trails and old foot paths can be seen more easily from above. With a little bit of research you can put yourself on some long forgotten homesteads.

3. Fresh Water Beaches

Arkansas only has fresh water beaches, but Metal Detecting on local and popular beaches can be very rewarding with the possibility of finding jewelry, watches, ear rings, coins, and other lost items. Metal Detect in areas where people sit on the bank, as well as in the water if your metal detector is waterproof.

4. Farm Fields

Old farms and in particular the surrounding fields can some times give up old coins in areas that you wouldn’t think old coins could be found. Some towns from early settlers are long gone now, but at one time stood in the middle of what is now a corn or tobacco field. Metal detecting in fields after a rain can increase your odds of finding deeper targets. Don’t underestimate the potential for some great finds hidden in the middle of a field.

5. Creeks, Lakes, Rivers

River and creek banks where old “Picnic Groves” or Ferry launches were located can be amazing spots for early coins and jewelry. The “picnic areas” were used while waiting for the ferry to arrive or depart and early settlers would sit along the river banks and have a drink or lunch and items were surely lost. A confluence, or meeting of two bodies of water was a likely place for a ferry launch or stop. Towns were set up along these confluences for commerce reasons, so these long forgotten spots can be rewarding for the knowing metal detectorist.


Doing research and gaining knowledge are as important as the rest of the hobby of metal detecting. More often than not we’re going to find our best finds where no one else has looked so be sure to think outside of the box sometimes.

The truth is, anywhere that people frequent or have been in the past has potential for you to find lost items.

Always seek permission to metal detect on private property in Arkansas, and Any state that you metal detect in.

Happy Hunting Everyone! Thanks for Reading.


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About Ozarks

I enjoy Metal Detecting in The Ozark Mountains and surrounding areas where I primarily detect for relics and coins. I enjoy learning new techniques and metal detecting equipment and doing product reviews.
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7 Responses to Places to Metal Detect in Arkansas

  1. Excellent advice and information.

  2. Brad says:

    I’m still new to metal detecting. I’m glad I came across your blog. I would like to join a group to go metal detecting one day.

  3. George Gravier says:

    I have a rather cheap model detector by Bounty Hunter and is a Tracker iv model. Is this capable of
    finding anything over 6 inches deep?

    • Ozarks says:

      Hi George, your BH detector is good to about 8 inches or maybe just a bit more, if you were in the market for a deeper detector I would suggest a few: Teknetics T2 https://amzn.to/2N07H9P is a fairly deep detector with a fast processor and has a large sized coil which will give you additional depth over your BH. Likewise, the Minelab XTERRA series of detectors https://amzn.to/2wonplV are great machines with great Target IDs, quick processors and excellent tones that I have tested to 9 inches depth on coin sized targets. For a bit more you could jump up to the Garrett AT Series https://amzn.to/2PPcTw7 with the larger DD coil and water proof to 10 feet. The new favorite on the block is the Minelab Equinox Series https://amzn.to/2woXpGS where reports of fast processor, extra depth and water proof capabilities are quickly becoming the favorite of new and veteran detectorists alike. For added depth with your detectors you could look into larger coils,https://amzn.to/2MZPucJ basic rule of thumb is 12 in coil goes 12 inches, 8 inch coil 8 inches and so on. Appreciate the questions and comments, Rob

  4. George Gravier says:

    I have found coins and iron objects down to 6 inches, but am afraid I’m missing stuff deeper down,
    I get hits by still digging deeper, but no finds. Suggestions!

  5. George Gravier says:

    I have made a form to get permission to detect on private property from landowners/caretakers,
    is this a good thing, or is there a legal form that must be obtained?

    • Ozarks says:

      I personally avoid any types of forms or agreements. It adds too much extra unnecessary layers to the hobby. Likewise in some cases it will scare away potential property owners from allowing you to detect when you start bringing legalities into the equation. Also, those forms wouldn’t stop you from suing a person if you got hurt on their property as they are not legal documents, even if you have an agreement. Keep it light, ask permission, maybe shoot them an email asking permission or whatever but avoid making things complicated with legalities. Thanks for the question!

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